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Titans candidate will bring own team with him to club

Jason Demetriou is a fabourite to take the Titans' coaching role.
Jason Demetriou is a fabourite to take the Titans' coaching role.

JASON Demetriou will bring a title-winning entourage with him to the Gold Coast should the Broncos assistant gain the nod as the Titans head coach.

The 41-year-old has rocketed into contention for the vacant role, though Demetriou was initially sounded out by the Titans just days after Neil Henry was sacked.

While tight-lipped about his prospects, it's understood Demetriou's recent presentation to the four-person panel deciding the Titans post included a pledge to bring with him an entire support staff littered with success.

That will be music to the hears of a club that does not possess the pulling power or cashflow of rivals.

En route to his role as Wayne Bennett's right-hand man, Demetriou worked as assistant coach at the Cowboys and Dragons, strong ties which could now deliver goods to the Titans.

Demetriou was deputy alongside John Cartwright and David Furner under Paul Green during the Cowboys' premiership success of 2015, with Todd Payten - himself in the mix for the Gold Coast role - as under-20s coach.

Current Titans assistant Craig Hodges, who filled in alongside off-contract Terry Matterson as interim boss in the wake of Henry's departure, has a deal for 2018.

Yet a raft of other openings in the support staff could be immediately filled with bona fide talent should Demetriou get the nod.

While the former Super League star doesn't own the big name of rivals, it's understood he's very much one of the favourites for the Titans job.

Brisbane mentor Wayne Bennett has already given any potential move the green light and Demetriou has never been shy in expressing his desire to coach at the highest level.

He has built a strong reputation for both his leadership and man management, the latter trait ultimately playing a large role in the undoing of Henry.

Demetriou's reputation among his former colleagues led to former Cowboys premiership-winner Ben Hannant recently telling the Bulletin that the Sydney product gets his vote as Titans boss.

"If it was me, I'd say hands down he's the best contender," he said.

"Think of what he could do with the Titans; he's a great man manager and he's up with the latest ideas."

Axed Blues coach Laurie Daley and dumped South Sydney boss Michael Maguire are expected to be the next coaches interviewed at Parkwood.

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